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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Every year thousands of people pass by the monument a few feet from the Civic Center and hardly give it a glance. It marks the day that life in Albany changed forever - July 7th, 1994.
That day, the Flint River rose to its record level of 43 feet. Flooding is one of the many weather hazards that South Georgians face.
Jim Vaught, the Dougherty County Emergency Management Director said, "the number one concern is your severe weather, which is really your severe thunderstorms. And the possibility that some of those thunderstorms turn into tornadoes."
The Flood of 1994 was our area's most damaging weather event, but severe weather is fairly common. Only a few weeks ago, damaging winds ripped through part of the area. But it's not just severe thunderstorms that are a problem.
"It seems to be a little bit colder and people are wearing the jackets now," said Vaught.
With the persistent pattern of lows coming across the northern Gulf this season and cold weather in place, ice and snow have hit the area. No matter the season, preparation can be the key to avoiding tragedy.
After the Flood of 1994, the downtown monument was erected to honor those who lost their lives, their livelihoods and those who volunteered to re-build the city after the flood. But the goal of emergency management officials is to make sure that tragedies like this one never happen again.
This pole nestled in some trees off Westover Boulevard could save your life. It's one of 14 warning sirens in Dougherty County and it's part of a three pronged approach to keeping you safe. The second is easily accessible from your computer. It's called Code Red.
"We encourage people to sign up for that code red if they have not already done that. That will give you early warning from the National Weather Service out of Tallahassee," said Vaught.
And if neither of those two is available you can always rely on a NOAA Weather Radio.
Weather radios pick up the latest alerts from the Weather Service. Regardless of how you get your warnings, emergency management officials say that the best way to stay safe is to have a plan and to follow it.
Vaught said, "we'd like you to sit down with the members of your family and decide what you're going to do should you have severe weather."
By following a few simple steps, residents in South Georgia can avoid becoming victims.
If you want to sign up for Code Red, you can do go here or to the NEWS page at this web site.
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